Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, said Nigerians will enjoy 11,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity by 2023 during a conference in Abuja.
On Friday, Lai Mohammed said Nigeria has 25 electricity generation companies (GenCos) which currently produce less than 5,000MW but by 2023, through the Siemens AG power deal, it will produce 11,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity.
President Muhammadu Buhari signed a power project deal with Siemens AG, Germany-based firm in 2019, to deliver 7,000 megawatts (MW) of electricity to the national grid by 2021.
Funds were approved on Wednesday by Buhari for the first phase of the Siemens electricity deal.
“Following an agreement with German company Siemens in July 2019 to boost power supply in Nigeria, the stage is set for the perennial power problem to become a thing of the past,” the minister said.
“Under the three-phase agreement, Nigerians will enjoy 7,000 megawatts of reliable power supply by the end of 2021 (phase 1), 11,000 megawatts by the end of 2023 (phase 2) and 25,000 megawatts in the third phase.
“To put things in perspective, Nigeria’s current power generation capacity is more than 13,000 megawatts, but only an average of 3,400 megawatts reliably reach consumers. In essence, the current amount of power that reaches consumers will more than double by the end of next year.
“In addition, this will create thousands of jobs and will leapfrog the country into the next level of industrial and social development.”